My Favourite Resource for Meat and Seafood – Local & Sustainable
A lot of my clients and friends ask me where I shop for groceries and specialty items. I love to buy local products that are nutritious, delicious and support sustainable agriculture practices. I do my best to eat seasonally but I know it’s not always possible while living in Calgary or even in Canada. I think it’s important to do what we can to nourish our bodies as well as our communities. The goal is not to be perfect but to strive for the best we can do with our resources.
The issue of budget often comes up. Some people think it’s too expensive to eat local, organic or ethically raised food. There are many ways to save money but it does take some extra time and planning. I think its well worth my time and any perceived hassle but that’s just where I’m currently at. I didn’t start at this point. My shopping habits have been evolving over the past few years and they continue to change as I learn more.
I hope you find this shopping resource list helpful and share it with your friends and family. Today’s list is for meat and seafood. The next post will focus on eggs, dairy, vegetables, fruit as well as canned and dried goods. The more resources we share the further ahead we get. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power.”
Happy shopping and eating!
Dor-Bel Foods: Sustainably raised and harvested fish and shellfish. Located in the Kingsland Farmer’s Market but you can order on-line and home delivery can be arranged. http://www.dorbelfoods.com/
Community Natural Foods: Read the labels carefully so you know what you are buying. http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/
*If you buy fish at a fish market be sure to ask questions and don’t assume that they offer eco-best choices. When in doubt, I always refer to the Environmental Defense Fund and their website http://EDF.org/seafood The EDF provide education on fish that offer the greatest health benefits and are the best environmental choice for our oceans.
Sunworks Farm – Certified organic, free-range, and grass-fed. They do not spray pesticides/herbicides on their feed or use antibiotics or hormones. Products can be purchased at Blush Lane Organic Market andCalgary’s Farmer’s Market.
*Also farm beef, pork, lamb and bison.
TK Ranch: Pastured raised, grass fed and finished. They do not spray pesticides/herbicides on their feed or use antibiotics or hormones. Products are available at Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic as well a monthly pick-up option (most economical).
* Also offer beef, chicken and lamb
TK Ranch: Pasture raised, grass-fed and finished only. They do not use pesticides/herbicides, antibiotics or hormones. Products are available at Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic as well a monthly pick-up option (most economical).
Hoven Farms: Certified organic, pasture raised, grass-fed and finished on grass or grain. Available at Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic, Bridgeland Market and Kingsland Farmer’s Market.
Olson’s High Country Buffalo: Pastured raised and grass-fed only. They do not use pesticides/herbicides on their feed or use antibiotics or hormones. Products are available at Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic and Calgary’s Farmer’s Market.
***If you would like an even more extensive list of local sustainable food choices I would highly recommend that you visit Green Calgary’s website and check out their Healthy Homes Program (Update 2015: Program now called Green Homes & Communities). I participated in this program in 2012 and received a bundle of helpful material and resources.